So… where to start? Well, when I wasn’t in Kurdistan (of which more another time), I was in the studio.
This is what a completed first draft looks like:
And now the hard work begins! I’ve written ‘Breaking Bread’ differently to anything else I’ve ever written: I’ve resisted the temptation to go back and rewrite every time something in the storyline, or the characters, deviates from my original plan (which was at least once a day). This has had two major consequences. Firstly, there’s a lot to do in the rewrite – but I’m excited about doing it, because now I have a clear idea of where we’re going to end up. And secondly, because things were changing so rapidly – names, characters, histories, relationships – no-one has read any of this book: I felt as though it would take too long to explain that Fiona is the same person as Verity and the personality change that Alice has will be sorted out later, but we’ll be sticking with the cheerful one. With my other books, I’ve had a team of readers who have read, commented and answered my questions at every stage; with this… it’s just been the two of us. I am a little bit afraid that I’ve done a Jane Austen and created a heroine that no-one but myself will much like. But, we’ll see.
In other news, I may be addicted to crochet.
I’m working on a bedspread, but I need a crochet-joining lesson.
The snowdrops are out. And, just like every year, I rang the bell of the first snowdrop I saw to bring me luck, and I felt lucky right away, because I felt my Grandma Boyd’s beautiful soul right next to me as I did it.
It’s good to be back. Thank you for your patience.